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Japan airport reopens with WWII bomb still there  TOKYO: A huge World War II bomb uncovered near a busy runway was underneath a shield of concrete and sandbags on Wednesday as flights resumed at an airport in northern Japan, a government official said.   A worker rebuilding drainage systems at Sendai Airport -- which was swamped by last year's tsunami -- on Monday uncovered the 500-pound (225-kilogramme) bomb, believed to have been dropped by US forces.   Bomb disposal experts ordered the construction of three-metre-high (10-foot-high) concrete walls, supported by soil up to the same height, to protect the bomb.   Crews piled some 300 sandbags, each weighing a tonne, on top of the mound to construct a casing that stands six metres high.   The 110 centimetres (43 inches) long bomb is now sitting at the bottom of the structure, waiting for military experts to defuse and remove it once legal and logistical details are worked out, the transport ministry official said.   "The work to defuse ...

Earthquake shakes buildings in Philippine capital  MANILA: A small earthquake shook buildings in the Philippine capital of Manila on Wednesday but caused no damage, the government said.   The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake had a magnitude of 3.8, and hit in Bulacan province about 50 kilometres (30 miles) to the north of Manila.   "We are not expecting any damage. We also have no reports of any casualties," civil defence chief Benito Ramos told AFP.   Phivolcs seismologist Ishmael Narag said on ...
Family of Chinese PM has hidden fortune: NYT  BEIJING: Relatives of China's reformist premier have amassed huge riches during his tenure, according to a report Friday that came as the Communist Party prepares for a pivotal handover of power.   The New York Times investigation into the family of Wen Jiabao, who will be replaced in a 10-yearly leadership transition next month, came shortly before Chinese state media reported that a criminal probe had been opened into disgraced politician Bo Xilai.   Beijing immediately dismissed the NYT ...
At least 56 die in Myanmar communal violence YANGON: At least 56 people have been killed and thousands of homes torched in communal violence in western Myanmar, a local government spokesman said Friday, as international concern over the unrest grew.    People have fled their homes in droves following the latest clashes in Rakhine state, which was rocked by Buddhist-Muslim violence in June that split communities and left tens of thousands of mainly Muslim Rohingya in camps.    More than 150 people have now been killed in the state since ...
Storm leaves six dead, nine missing in Philippines MANILA: Tropical Storm Son-Tinh has left at least six people dead and nine missing in the Philippines, the civil defence chief said on Friday.   The fatalities include one person hit by a tree toppled by strong winds and another who was crushed in a landslide spawned by heavy rains, said the disaster-monitoring council chief Benito Ramos.   Nine fishermen, who ventured out to sea in separate parts of the Philippines between Monday and Wednesday, have been listed as ...
South Korea suspends rocket launch SEOUL: South Korea suspended its third attempt to send a satellite into orbit by at least three days Friday, after a helium leak was detected in the rocket just hours before scheduled launch time.   With only a five-day launch window that ends October 30, any further delay could result in a much lengthier postponement, officials at the Naro Space Centre told reporters.   After two previous failures in 2009 and 2010, the current launch is considered critical for ...
China military reshuffle ahead of power change  BEIJING: China's defence ministry announced Thursday further reshuffling of the top military bosses, reflecting bargaining among the country's top leadership ahead of a power transfer next month.   The heads of four top army departments were changed, with the new appointees certain to gain a position on China's highest military body, the Central Military Commission.   Zhang Youxia, 62, a general thought to have close ties with Xi Jinping, who is set to take over as leader of China's ...

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